Just go ahead and read the blog in typical blog fashion wherein you start at the top and work your way through to the bottom or disinterest, whichever comes first. I've looked for well-written articles and personal accounts and I've even added some pretty pictures to help hold your attention. Note that most of the articles are mere excerpts, clicking the link below the article will lead to the complete online original. I hope you'll enjoy my efforts and perhaps learn something new while you're here. Either way, thanks for stopping in.
Most likely, according to one of the following topics: Spiritual Emergency; Shamanism; Mysticism; Gnosticism; Alchemy; Transformational or Personal Crisis; Schizophrenia; Psychosis; Trauma; PTSD; The Hero's Journey; Spiritual Awakening; Ego Death; The Dark Night of the Soul; Kundalini; Carl Jung; John Weir Perry; Stanislav Grof; Christina Grof; R.D. Laing; Loren Mosher; Maureen Roberts; David Lukoff; The Black Madonna; Kali; Sophia.
Below my profile on the right is a table of contents that includes all entries. Scroll through it, find the entry that interests you, and click on the link. Alternatively, use the "Search this Blog" feature at the top of the page. Happy reading, I hope you find what you were looking for, and thanks for stopping by.
You're the individual this blog was specifically created for.
I recognize that those going through a spiritual emergency are often isolated and misunderstood. Frequently, they can't afford to enter into a therapeutic relationship or may find the one they're in is not that helpful to them. In addition, their health insurance may limit the type or quantity of care they'll be permitted to seek. They also may be incapable of working during or for many months after their spiritual emergency. As a result, they may not have any medical coverage whatsoever.
For that reason I've sought out free articles on the internet and organized them here, in one central location. Occasionally, I quote directly from a book I own if I've found it to be exceptionally insightful. In particular, I highly recommend The Stormy Search for the Self and Spiritual Emergency, both written/edited by Stanislav and Christina Grof, as well as Trials of the Visionary Mind by John Weir Perry.
Although you are welcome to read in usual blog fashion or to pick and choose your reading entries selectively, I recommend you begin with the very first entry and work your way through to the end; concepts that are presented in one entry are often fleshed-out in later entries and this method can probably best present you with the "big picture".
Bear in mind, this blog is only a starting point and is undeniably flavored by my own experience. Nonetheless, it's my hope that you'll find something here that is helpful to you -- feel free to follow up on that which you find helpful and discard that which you don't. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to come back as many times as you feel is necessary.
Please note: I am not a therapist, guru, shaman, or personal coach. I can't give you advice on medication, channel departed loved ones, predict your future, or help you write a paper for your class. I'm not here to gain your sympathy or your admiration, nor am I seeking a significant other, new friend, or book deal. I am simply an ordinary human being who is sharing a slice of a powerful personal experience and what I have found most insightful or helpful for interpreting, integrating, and moving beyond that experience.
Special thanks to Clancy Cavnar who has graciously allowed me the use of a number of her images to illustrate this blog. Please check out the full range of her stunning artwork at clancycavnar.com
Spiritual Emergency, Shamanism, Mysticism, Gnosticism, Alchemy, Crisis, Schizophrenia, Psychosis, PTSD, The Hero's Journey, Spiritual Awakening, Ego Death, The Dark Night of the Soul, Kundalini, Carl Jung, John Weir Perry, Stanislav Grof, Christina Grof, R.D. Laing, Loren Mosher, Maureen Roberts, David Lukoff, The Black Madonna, Kali, Sophia
See also, my companion blog: Spiritual Recovery